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The Paris of the Danube.
Budapest combines historic architecture and a rich culture with modern style.

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Budapest Sights

Budapest is a sprawling city split by the mighty Danube River. It's a gorgeous destination for travel in Central Europe. Visiting Budapest will be the highlight of any European vacation. Are you interested in history, architecture, relaxation or culture? You'll have plenty to look forward to on your trip to Budapest. Choose a comfortable hotel and don't miss the famous spas. Buda is ancient and Pest is modern. A series of bridges connects them. Both sides of the river claim places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sights in Budapest include Buda Castle, the Danube Embankment and Andrassy Avenue. The Pest side has broad avenues like Paris, with several ring roads and avenues radiating from the center. You can walk through central Budapest, but there is also excellent public transport. A ride on the metro or tram is a must for any visitor to Budapest. It's easy to escape the crowds of tourists, since the sights are spread throughout the city.

Budapest Tourism

Unlike Western Europe, Budapest and Hungary are not yet on the euro. That means visiting the Hungarian capital is quite affordable. Don't miss the Hungarian wines. They are some of the best wines in Central Europe. Hungarian cuisine consists of meats and heavier spicy dishes with paprika as a key ingredient. Goulash is one recipe that's not to be missed. But you'll also find elevated versions of all the Hungarian classics. Plus, the city now boasts four Michelin-starred restaurants. Hungarians are especially proud of their music and this is evident in nightly concerts in Budapest. Voted Best City in Europe in 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler readers and consistently in the top three, Budapest has come into its own in the past few years. The bar and restaurant scene is evolving rapidly, making it one of the coolest places on our map. And don't forget a trip to the spa. Your Budapest holiday may just be the best you've ever had!

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Where to stay in Budapest

With Budapest accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels to affordable B&Bs and apartments large enough for up to 7 people to share, whatever kind of accommodation you need, we've got it covered. Take your pick from staying on the Pest side of the river, where most of the city's restaurants and nightlife are to be found, or on the quieter Buda side, close to the castle. Not sure or need some guidance? Get in touch with us for a free travel consultation. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.

Things to do in Budapest

We've got a broad range of city tours, day trips and excursions to keep you busy in Budapest. Explore Jewish Budapest, get to know the city fast with a Private Walking Tour or explore the delights of Hungarian cuisine with a Gourmet Food & Wine tour. Budapest is also an excellent base for day tripping to many other highlights of the country. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.

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What I love about Budapest...

“Budapest: the most stunning city for me in Central Europe. Everyday it shows me it's beauty, sometimes it is just some tiny little thing, like the sunshine on a gorgeus buiding. Every single time I see the view from the Pest side or from the Buda side I still get very emotional and I feel really lucky to live in this beautiful place. On the other hand Budapest is full of fun things to do, there is always something going on. Very clean, safe and liveable city. What I like the most besides the wide streets and Margaret Island is the outstanding coffee culture, with the amazing new wave of specialty cafes. Budapest you are the best!”

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Budapest

Spend some time in Budapest on a tour that takes in other cities in Hungary and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Budapest and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

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Experience two splendid and contrasting Central European capitals with an 8 day/7 night trip. Start off in magical Prague, with its picture-postcard Old Town before continuing to bustling Budapest, crowned 'best city in Europe' by CN Traveler readers. read full itinerary

10 Days Central European Capitals Tour: Prague, Vienna and Budapest

Visit three grand Central European capitals in 10 days. Start off in enchanting Prague, with its picture-postcard Old Town. Then take in the Imperial grandeur of Vienna. You will finish your Central Europe tour in Budapest, crowned 'best city in Europe' by CN Traveler readers for 2015. read full itinerary

10 Days Central European Cities Tour: Prague, Krakow & Budapest

If you would prefer to stick to cities in the former Eastern Bloc countries, this itinerary substitutes Krakow in place of Vienna. Known as Poland's cultural and historic capital, Krakow offers a unique atmosphere. This route is popular with guests of Jewish heritage but it truly offers something for all tastes. read full itinerary

The Best of Budapest, Krakow & Warsaw in 10 Days

This 10 day Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw private tour itinerary will show you three very different cities that all enjoy places on UNESCO's World Heritage List. From buzzing Budapest to historic Krakow to rejuvenated Warsaw, this Central Europe vacation is packed with variety. read full itinerary

Budapest, Transylvania & Bucharest in 10 Days

Visit the capital cities of neighbors Hungary & Romania with an interlude in the Transylvanian countryside. Budapest, Sighisoara and Bucharest are the overnight destinations on this 10 day tour. read full itinerary

Central Europe Christmas Markets Tour

See some of the best Christmas markets in Central Europe on an 11 day tour, traveling by private transfer and train. You will visit Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. read full itinerary

12 Days Central European Cities Tour: Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Krakow

Visit three grand Central European capitals and the historic Polish capital Krakow in two weeks, traveling at a relaxed pace. Start off in enchanting Prague, with its picture-postcard Old Town. Then take in the Imperial grandeur of Vienna. Next stop is in Budapest, voted 'best city in Europe' in 2015. The trip ends in Krakow, Poland's most popular destination and still its cultural capital. read full itinerary

12 Days in Prague, Salzburg, Vienna & Budapest

This 12 day itinerary encompasses the highlights of the old Austro-Hungarian empire. From increasingly cool Budapest, impressive and imposing Vienna, musical Alpine town Salzburg to the beautiful Czech capital, Prague. read full itinerary

Highlights of Hungary and Romania

This sample 14 day (13 nights) itinerary covers some of the signature sights of Hungary and Romania. The overnight destinations are Budapest, Eger, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Brasov & Bucharest. read full itinerary

Two Week Central Europe Grand Tour

With 2 weeks at your disposal and spending a little less time in each city you can explore a large area of Central Europe. Start in the ubercool German capital, Berlin then head south to enchanting Prague. After a few days it's time to head south again, to fairy-tale medieval Cesky Krumlov. From here it's on to the grand old Imperial capital, Vienna. After that you reach Budapest to see for yourself why Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it best city in Europe in 2015. The trip ends in the historic Polish capital, Krakow. read full itinerary

2 Weeks in Budapest, Prague & Croatia

Combine some of our most popular destinations this two week itinerary. You'll have some time in two of Central Europe's most beautiful and enjoyable cities then some seaside relaxation as you head to the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. To top it all off, all 5 of Budapest, Prague, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split are on the UNESCO World Heritage List! read full itinerary

Budapest Photos

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Chain Bridge, Budapest
Parliament View, Budapest
Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
Circle of Heroes Column, Budapest
Parliament, Budapest
St. Stephen's, Budapest
Buda Castle, Budapest
Monument Vorosmarty Square, Budapest
Opera House, Budapest
Liberty Statue, Budapest
Gellert Baths, Budapest
Budapest Market Hall
Heroes Square, Budapest
City Skating Rink, Budapest
Margaret Island, Budapest
Vaci Shopping Street, Budapest

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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Budapest

When are shops open in Budapest?

Standard shop opening hours Monday to Friday are 10:00-18:00 and Saturday 10:00-13:00. Department stores usually open at 10:00, while grocery store, bakeries and supermarkets are open 07:00-20:00. Many shops open until 20:00 or 21:00 on Thursdays. Shops are closed on Sundays, except shopping malls.

How do I get around Budapest?

Almost everything is within walking distance in Budapest, but if you want to spend less time on foot and more time seeing the sights, public transport is quick and inexpensive.

Only some bus drivers sell tickets, but they do not make change and tickets purchased on the bus are more expensive. If you are using single tickets do not forget to validate your ticket when you get on the vehicle. On buses and trams the ticket is validated by a punch or electronic machine on board. Punch your ticket before you get down to the platform when using the metro. If you're going to be using public transport a lot (more than 5 journeys a day) whilst you are in Budapest we recommend a 24 or 72 hour travelcard. If you're only going to make a couple of journeys a day, then you can save a little compared to the cost of single tickets by buying a book of 10 tickets.

The Metro, day Buses and Trams run 4.20am-midnight
Night bus services - on the Grand Boulevard N.906. first 12.35AM last 4.35AM

Taxis are an option, though much more expensive than public transport, with the flag fall alone costing as much as a single journey by public transport.

Is Budapest a safe city?

Budapest is definitely a safe city with the proviso that as with any other big city there are some standard precautions you should take, such as being watchful of your wallet or purse, don't flash thick wads of banknotes or expensive jewelry and don't leave your bag or bike unguarded, don't walk alone late at night in unlit deserted streets, don't withdraw cash from ATMs in dark deserted places, don't accept drugs or unsolicited sexual approaches, don't trust people that you instinctively feel fishy, unreliable, way too strange.

Where can I park a car in Budapest?

Parking in Budapest is not easy to come by. The larger hotels often have underground parking facilities attached, though you can expect to pay a high price for the convenience (for example, the Four Seasons charges 9800 HUF ($44) per night for parking). For around 5000 HUF a day ($22) you can use a multi-storey car park. On street parking is strictly policed. There are paid parking bays and you must buy a ticket for the entire time the car is to be parked there, and there are often limits on how long you can leave a car there for. For more information and a list of multi-storey car parks, see this link. Before deciding to take a car to Budapest consider the various other ways you can get there (bus, train, plane, private transfer) and the fact that the public transport in the city is inexpensive and reliable.

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